Cychrus caraboides (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is a large and distinctively shaped Carabid, often found under logs in damp and shady woodland. It is extremely similar in shape to the Violet Ground Beetle, but lacks any of that species' metallic highlights. Although described as being common, C. caraboides is often fairly difficult to find in parts of the Sherwood Forest NNR, most success coming from checking underneath logs during the colder months of the year.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Cychrus caraboides
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Wil Heeney. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2022

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